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Hafiz is my dream


By Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran

Farah Ossouli

Farah Ossouli was born in 1953 in Zanjan. She studied graphic design at the University of Tehran and was a student of the well known miniature painter Mahmoud Farschian. She has always been interested in the works of Hafiz, and for the past four years she has been on a journey exploring the work of Hafiz.

In her own words:

"My paintings have an undeniable association with Iranian visual tradition. An understanding of the past makes it easier for me to understand the present. Hafiz poetry has never been confined to the past and belongs to an extraterrestrial world. The fact that he knows no time and geographical boundaries and continues to be present in a contemporary world suggests the immensity of his thinking"

The culmination of Farah Ossouli's journey is a major exhibition of almost 50 large paintings at the Imam Ali Religious Art Museum, Tehran running until 15th November. I had not previously visited this museum although it is very close to our house, there is a permanent exhibition of calligraphy and religious art, but also a very spacious area for temporary exhibitions. Farah Ossouli's paintings are really outstanding masterpieces and a must for you to see if you are in Tehran.

Please also see:

Imam Ali Museum of Religious Art
Address: No. 35 Esfandiar Blvd., Valiye Asr Ave.
Visiting hours: Every day, except Saturdays Spring and Summer: 10 a.m. 6 p.m.
Autumn and Winter: 9 a.m. 5 p.m.



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